MONTREAL -- It's said that home is where the heart is. For the Montreal Canadiens, it's also where the wins are.
A .500 team as the opposition, Montreal (17-6-3) has been dominant at the Bell Centre this season, where they've won 12 of 14 games and lost for the first time in regulation just a few weeks ago. Now, after a five-game road trip, they kick off a four-game homestand that begins with a tilt against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
The Canadiens are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues to close out the trip, a point lost after holding a 2-0 lead in the game. But while the team earned half of the 10 points on the table during their road trip, they're pleased with their efforts overall.
"We wanted to do better and we wanted to come up with that win (in St. Louis) and get that extra point, but all of these games we battled really hard," Max Pacioretty told reporters after the game. "It's not always going to go your way. It's not always going to be perfect. But, we liked the effort every night."
The Canadiens have been relatively healthy through the first couple of months of the season but lately, the injury bug has begun to take a bite out of the group. After Alex Galchenyuk left the game against the Kings following a collision with center Anze Kopitar on Sunday, the Habs took another hit down the middle when David Desharnais, Galchenyuk's replacement on Montreal's top line, went down with an injury of his own.
The team announced Wednesday evening that both would be sidelined for six to eight weeks with knee injuries. If there's a slight silver lining for the Habs, it would be the recent play of veteran pivot Tomas Plekanec. He scored against St. Louis to put Montreal up by a pair -- his first goal in just over a month and second overall -- and it was his shot that hit Paul Byron to open the scoring. << Read more...
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